BERGEN. It is largest Norwegian city after Oslo. Since Middle Ages it has served sea gates of Norway. It is the most popular among tourists, most cosmopolitan and joyful city of the country. Nice atmosphere is accompanied by such attractions as quarters of timber houses. Among them - Bryggen, quarter of Hansa traders.

ROROS . This is small town, where you can make the trip to the past. Coal mines around Roros were closed many years ago, and little things have changed in Roros since the time of coal industry flourishing

LOM . About two dozens of stave churches of XII-XIV centuries preserved in Norway. Most well known churches are in BORGLUND near Sogndal (but it is difficult to get there without car) and in small town Lom. Other Lom attraction is open air museum with nice farm buildings

TROLLSTIGEN road and STIGFOSSEN waterfall near Andalsnes. Here water falls down from snowy peaks into green valley, and crazy hairpin bends wind around waterfalls.

GEIRANGERFJORD. You can enjoy beautiful contrasts of fjords, meadows, stones, waterfalls, mountains and sky from ferry as well as from rocks or hairpin bends over Geiranger

SKJOLDEN at Sognefjorden lies aside from most popular tourist routes though it can pretend to be called "Norway in miniature". There is everything here - fjord panorama, snowy peaks around, calm lakes, waterfalls, green meadows. And endless feeling of peace

ROADS. Norwegian car and train roads are interesting from both point of views: hairpin bends, tunnels
and bridges are no less impressive than beautiful landscapes you can see from train or bus window


OSLO - in Norwegian capital there are not great attractions, but if you got in Oslo I can advise to visit Akerhus fortress, to walk along central Karl Johan street and Aker Brygge sea-front. Also Oslo hosts some nice museums such as National Gallery and museums of Vikings' ships, "Fram" ship and Heerdal trips.

STAVANGER - oil capital of Norway, but it is interesting by other things - cosy centre with narrow streets and plenty of shops, ancient district Gamla Stavanger, Stavanger Cathedral.

TRONDHEIM - northernmost large city in Norway, which differs a lot from other cities. Special spirit of Trondheim is created by large streets with low buildings, by especially strong "white nights", by plenty of students. Trondheim (Nidaros) was Norwegian capital in Medieval Ages, this time is retained in famous gothic cathedral.

Norwegian nature is so various and beautiful that it is almost impossible to create a list of recommendations, to select some exact places. If you want enjoy Norwegian nature just go anywhere, no matter where exactly.

These are just places and impressions I remember first of all:

  • unreal rocky landscapes near Egersund
  • views from hills to dozens and hundreds of islands in Atlantic offshore
  • tundra of Norwegian mountains with stones, moss of different colours and small marches
  • tiny mountain lakes with cleanest water
  • Sognefjorden rocks shining from rainwater
  • impressive Kjosfossen waterfall in Flom valley
  • endless snows of mountain passes
  • mountain streams with green waters from glaciers
  • morning fogs on fjords and lakes
  • calm, vast, harmonic Norddalsfjorden
  • severe grey rocks along Raum railroad

WHERE I'VE NOT BEEN (unfortunately)

TROMSO - one of northernmost cities in the world (with Murmansk and Norilsk in Russia). Tromso - university city, it's like a lively oasis in heart of quite measured Norwegian North.

ALESUND - city center, located on narrow penunsula, is especially interesting by its architectural unity - in 1904 fire destroyed whole city, and it was wholly reconstructed in style of Art Nouveau.

MALOY - one of cosy coastal cities, located on the chains of islands, which are connected by graceful bridge.

RISOR, KRAGERO and GRIMSTAD- the most popular sea resorts of Southern Norway with narrow steets, white houses, seagulls cries and plenty of seafoods.

FREDRIKSTAD and HALDEN near border with Sweden are two fortressses build 300 years ago by Danes.

. Norwegian northern provinces occuHundred kilometers In Norwegian Norway is large country, and its northern half consists of hundreds kilometres на юг ее протяженность более 2000 км, и более 1000 км из них - это малонаселенные северные провинции с суровой, сдержанной арктической природой. Кстати, норвежский мыс Нордкап является самой северной материковой сушей в мире.

GLACIERS . The only competitor for Norway in Europe by the amount of ice is its neighbour Iceland. Glaciers are impassablem but their edges (e.g. BRIKSDAL and NIGARDS) are popular tourist destinations

SKI RESORTS . In Norway you can ski around the year. Some places like Stryn Skicenter opens only in May.

BIRDWATCHING SITES with hundreds of species and millions of birds are located not only on Far North but also quite near from civilization, e.g. on the island RUNDE near Alesund.

LYSEFJORD near Stavanger - one of the wildest Norwegian fjords, surrounded vertical cliffs up to 1000 m height. Views from PREIKESTOLEN and KJERAG bluffs are not for nervous people.

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